December 13, 2020
Sunday Reflection: A Light to Your Path
To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
Electric lamps weren’t invented until the 1800s, so traveling in the first century at night would have been precarious. To navigate in the darkness, travelers carried lanterns to illuminate the area just ahead of them, but their view was still limited. This is what the psalmist was referring to when he said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Imagine just how deep darkness is without any surrounding light from nearby buildings or the city. It’s dangerous. A rural community like the one listening to Jesus as He preached the Sermon on the Mount would have understood the sense of direction and bearing a city glowing in the distance can offer. Jesus calls His followers to be a light in the world, a shining city on a hill (Matt. 5:14). Remember, in situations of increasing darkness, light becomes more brilliant.
Think about it
• When you find yourself seeking direction in your spiritual life, do you think of God’s Word as a light unto your feet? What helps you find your bearings?
• What are some ways you can be a light in your family, neighborhood, or workplace?
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